Wow, the idea of seven full novels terrifies me. I'm aiming at having three, at the very most, maybe six if things really work out well. Fifty is just... wow. That's an impressive goal.
Three is a very good number.
Fifty is, ok, impressive is one word. Scary is another. -_- Veryscary is another. >_> At least I don't have to worry about creating a new 'verse every time I write a book.
For my online novel, I'm not really sure... I can kind of see a sequel idea forming in my head, but not much beyond that.
In that case, will be you be serialising other works? Or move onto a different type of project?
Approaching 300k and I'm only now starting to pick up some of the central plot threads. I'm not even 10% through the story yet
Oooh, shiny. That's going to be huge once it's finished.
I used to make elaborate plans like this myself, and then 10-ish novels later I got tired of planning. Now I just write what seems like the good idea at the time. -_-
Though I rarely outline individual books (though I have for #4, and it's worked out pretty well so far), I need to know what's going to happen in the series at large, so in that regard, I'm a little afraid to fly by the seat of my pants - I need to work out which character dies in which book, which characters get together in which book, etc etc. It also helps me know when to drop certain hints, or start to reveal bits of lore that will come in handy.
Books of some twelve chapters more or less. When these are completed and revised, I turn each into a Kindle book.
I like to keep mine in full-length books, but that's just how they form in my head, and it'll also how they're released (one day) in paper format.
As to serious novels, I would think that it would be hard to come up with something of quality --not merely formulaic -- more than annually. That would leave little room for any other activities. It will take me at least two years to complete all of "Panflick".
I'm planning on two books a year, roughly, and I think I can manage that easily (well, I have so far at least, and #3 was longer than either of the first and completed in less time, so I think it's achievable).
And I don't think they're formulaic, maybe because it was conceived as a long-running series - but one where each addition adds something, and they're not just there to pump up the overall word count. I've dismissed a dozen or more ideas because they weren't good enough, or didn't really add anything overall.
And I'm careful to make sure that none of the plots retread the same ground.
Like...for example, here are one-line non-spoilery descriptions for the some of the ones I've got planned.
#1 - MC (Stef) is recruited by the good guys, and witnesses a cosmic natural disaster
#2 - Stef spends 2/3rds of the book dead, while he boss waits for her to resurrect
#3 - Stef is converted into something more than human, plot follows the...well, beta testing of this.
#4 - Masochistic love story between a half-magpie girl and an angel.
#5 - Humans from an alternate Earth, pursued by an angry god, crash, and attempt to fix their ship.
#6 - Resident wizard has to confront his not-nice-at-all parents.
#7 - MC is kidnapped by the bad guys and exploited, throwing the city into chaos.
#8 - Deals with the lasting fallout of #7.
#9 - Fairies are the world's experts at two things: sex and genetic engineering, a story about the latter.
#10 - A complicated murder, and expansion on an important element of the lore.
#11 - Deals with the new king of the magpies.
It's easy, because I've got a large character base to draw from, but I don't think it's coming at the expense of quality.
I will also have yearly NaNoWriMo and Web Serial Writing Month specials as additions.
What goal do you set for WeSeWriMo?